Care refers to ongoing attention.
Cure refers to fixing something permanently so that we don’t have to worry about it anymore.
We have heard that Jesus is the cure. Jesus does cure. He cures our hearts. Before Christ, or without Him, our heart desires to follow it’s own way. It’s a rather simple concept.
Before Christ we act according to our heart. Galatians 5:19-21 explains stating, “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.”
So when we truly believe Jesus our life is changed. 1 John 2:4-6 states, “ Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
So what does life look like after Christ. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us, “ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
So Jesus cures. He cures our heart so that we don’t have to worry about it. We don’t have to worry about it’s motives. A heart connected to Christ has the proper motivation to live according to God’s commands. In the private part of peoples lives we will see a life consistently living for God.
Let’s be honest, or I will. On my own I have no genuine desire to follow God. I am being honest. I want to follow my own way, get angry, jealous, stay home from church, worship myself, and spend my time doing what I want and not helping others.
Christ saved me. My life was changed, and now when I desire to live like that I feel guilt. God doesn’t let me linger long in my self centeredness. He convicts me, I repent, and work to replace my selfish ways with His others focused ways. This pattern continues in my life.
Private Part of Our Life
Why is this important? Because our standing before a Holy God is not based on our church attendance, the number of programs we attend at church, how many donations we gave to the local nonprofit or church, how many volunteers hours we have racked up, or how nice we seem in public.
Our standing before a Holy God is based on what our life, that no one sees, looks like. Only you really know that, and only I really know that for me. Where is my heart at? Whom do I serve? What does the private part of my life display?
If you aren’t sure ask your spouse, best friend, or one of your children. Ask them what they see. Ask them what your life consistently demonstrates. If we are the following The Way, we will see a person who is consistently demonstrating: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Not perfectly. We will consistently be striving to put off anger and put on patience.
We will consistently be putting off hate and put on love.
We will put off the old and put on the new. As our relationship with God grows He won’t allow us to get off track very long. He will be quick to convict us and get us back on track. He does this to me in many ways. One way is my thought life.
When I was younger I would start fights with my husband. I would get emotional and let my mouth run. After I was saw God began to convict me of that. Over the past 20 years God has taught me and molded me. Over 20 years. Little by little I have learned, and have changed, and now? Now I am convicted if I even think about starting an emotion driven fight. If I began to hate in my mind, I feel a strong sense of guilt.
My heart was cured. I have the right motivation, and the power to change and live according to God’s command. This leads us to the second part of being a Christian.
Care is ongoing attention. When my heart was cured from living apart from God some things changed immediately, and some things were taken care of immediately, but most things take time. It’s an ongoing process.
Over time our lives will look more like Galatians 5:22-23. Yet, we will never achieve perfection in this world.
If you see a Christian sin don’t be surprised. God knows they will sin. If they are truly Christians God will convict them, and they will turn from that sin, and turn towards Godly living. Remember, they are a work in progress.
This is why church is so messed up. Because it’s a bunch of people who are a work in progress, and because they are many unsaved people in church. The saved ones come together to do this thing called the Christian life, and as they do they sin. Hopefully they confess that sin, turn from it, and live how God wants them to.
Ultimately it doesn’t matter what those “Christians” do. It matters what we do. I have been hurt by Christians, and I have hurt Christians. I am a Christian. I am saved, and I am a mess. I need to be more concerned about my standing before God, and my walk with God, then concentrating on “those” messed up Christians.
The cure of the heart comes first. Then the process of care begins. It’s an amazing journey. One that I highly recommend. All of life is meaningless in the end. Yet, with God, it has eternal purpose. That my friends, is right where I want to be. Living a messed up life, but a life with eternal purpose.
I hope you have had a cure of the heart, and that you are in the process of receiving care.
Seeking and savoring God,